Red Sox comeback: Play-by-play

Red Sox comeback: Play-by-play

The Red Sox's comeback from a 7-0 deficit in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday, to beat the Rays, 8-7, and cut Tampa Bay's series lead to 3-2, was the second largest in postseason history, eclipsed only by the Philadelphia A's rallying from 8-0 down to beat the Cubs in Game 4 of the 1929 World Series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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But no team facing postseason elimination had ever rallied back from seven or more runs down.

Here is the play-by-play of the historic comeback. Click on the links to watch video of the plays.

Bottom of the seventh

Pitcher change: Grant Balfour replaces Scott Kazmir.

• Jed Lowrie doubles on a line drive to right fielder Gabe Gross.
• Jason Varitek flies out to center fielder B.J. Upton.
• Mark Kotsay flies out to center fielder B.J. Upton.
• Coco Crisp singles on a ground ball to left fielder Carl Crawford. Jed Lowrie to 3rd.
Dustin Pedroia singles on a line drive to right fielder Gabe Gross. Jed Lowrie scores. Coco Crisp to 3rd. Rays lead, 7-1.
David Ortiz homers on a fly ball to right field. Coco Crisp scores. Dustin Pedroia scores. Rays lead, 7-4.

Pitcher change: Dan Wheeler replaces Grant Balfour.

• Kevin Youkilis flies out to right fielder Gabe Gross.

Bottom of the eighth

• Jason Bay walks.
J.D. Drew homers on a fly ball to right field. Jason Bay scores. Rays lead, 7-6.
• Jed Lowrie flies out to left fielder Carl Crawford.

Offensive substitution: Pinch-hitter Sean Casey replaces Jason Varitek.

• Sean Casey strikes out swinging.
Mark Kotsay doubles on a fly ball to center fielder B. J. Upton.
Coco Crisp singles on a line drive to right fielder Gabe Gross. Mark Kotsay scores. Coco Crisp out at 2nd on the throw, right fielder Gabe Gross to first baseman Carlos Pena to shortstop Jason Bartlett. Score tied, 7-7.

Bottom of the ninth

Pitcher change: J.P. Howell replaces Dan Wheeler.

• Dustin Pedroia grounds out, third baseman Evan Longoria to shortstop Jason Bartlett to first baseman Carlos Pena.
• David Ortiz strikes out swinging.
• Kevin Youkilis singles on a ground ball to third baseman Evan Longoria. Kevin Youkilis advances to 2nd, on throwing error by Longoria.
• J.P. Howell intentionally walks Jason Bay.
J. D. Drew singles on a line drive to right fielder Gabe Gross. Kevin Youkilis scores. Jason Bay to 3rd. Red Sox win, 8-7.